Suicide Squad: Where Villains are Heroes


Picture by Cody Wilson

   Movie director David Ayer brings us a new type of taste in the DC movie universe where villains play the role of the heroes. Superheroes are not always the answer to every problem; sometimes extreme situations require extreme measures or, in this case, supervillains. U.S. Intelligence officer Amanda Waller assembles a team of the world’s most dangerous villains for a top secret mission. Now armed with high class government weapons, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Rick Flag, and Katana must learn to unite together to defend and protect the city.

   Dr. Moone, later known as Enchantress, is a normal woman before crawling into the wrong cave and becoming possessed by an ancient entity. Amanda Waller attempts to turn the Enchantress into a weapon, but instead the Enchantress goes rogue and becomes the main problem for the Suicide Squad.

   I really enjoyed the casting for this movie. For instance, Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie, does an amazing job of capturing the character’s insanity. I also enjoyed the Joker, played by Jared Leto, who is perfectly emulated as such a psychotic and chaotic character. Despite being such a great character, I disliked the fact that he is not mentioned a lot throughout the movie. The Joker is more of a detached character doing his own tasks.

   We are so used to the dynamic that the Joker has with Batman, but Batman is not really mentioned in this movie in particular. Instead, we get the Joker’s dynamic with Harley Quinn and how they work together. The type of relationship that Harley Quinn and the Joker share made me look forward to watching this movie. Harley Quinn, who was an Asylum psychiatrist, tries to help the Joker until she starts to fall madly in love with him. The Joker changes her, and she becomes a crazy and fearless character.

   There are many action-packed moments in the movie, such as each of the Suicide Squad member’s origin stories. The ending is one of my favorites, which caught me by surprise. I was disappointed to find out that the members of the squad were not able to go back to their normal lives. They only get 10 years of their 3 life sentence knocked off after all they did for the city. Overall, I enjoyed this humorous, action filled movie.